The Journey - June 4, 2015

The Journey with Ron Moore

God's Restraint | Psalm 78:32-39

Today's Passage: Psalm 78:32-39
Key Verses: Psalm 78:38-39

Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.

The people of Israel saw God at work up close and personal, yet they had some serious lapses of faith. Many times after God's discipline they returned to him. They acknowledged him as their Rock and Redeemer. Then they forgot and turned away . . . again. "Their hearts were not loyal to him."

God could have wiped out the whole lot, but he remembered the frailty of the human state and showed mercy. The psalmist wrote, "Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath." He pardoned all their sins.

We can relate to the Israelites, can't we? Too often we take God's goodness for granted and complain when we don't get what we think we deserve. We forget that he is our Rock and our Redeemer. Aren't you thankful for God's grace and mercy?

Father, thank you for remembering that I am "but flesh." Thank you for your love, grace and mercy. You are my Rock and my Redeemer. Help my complaints to be fewer and my praise for you to increase. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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